Kent Flooding 2013

Christmas of 2013 was wet and windy. I ventured out into the countryside, to see what I could find of interest to photograph.

I was very surprised to see the number of rivers that had burst their banks. As I headed down towards the A25, the road was awash. Higher ground was unaffected, although as I went on towards lower ground, things worsened. Chiddingstone Causeway had water in the old village hall, whilst Chiddingstone's flood plains were saturated and overflowing the road.

The biggest surprise, though, was at Penshurst, where the river had flooded the plains, and completely engulfed the only road through the village.

Stupidly, some people had tried to drive through the water. At least one car was left abandoned, and I wondered how they had managed to escape unharmed. However, there has to be the one; a 4x4 came along, complete with children in the back. They made it through, although at one point I did wonder if they'd be swept into the raging torrent. As you can see from the tractor that did make it, the water was very high and fast moving.

I returned the next day, when the waters had subsided somewhat. There was a rainbow where dark clouds had been, and things were almost back to normal. There was a couple of abandoned cars, but at least nobody was injured.

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